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Las Vegas expands smart city partnership with NTT

High-definition video cameras, sound sensors, as well as IoT devices were deployed to monitor a geographic area within the city

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Las Vegas: one of the top digital cities in the US
Las Vegas: one of the top digital cities in the US

The US state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas have reached an agreement with ICT company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to advance and accelerate smart technologies.

 

The announcement follows a smart city proof-of-concept that began in September 2018.

 

Public safety focus

 

Designed to improve safety, the proof of concept provides information to city personnel to help increase situation awareness and provide a foundation to traffic management and mobility that will create future economic opportunities. NTT Group deployed high-definition video cameras, sound sensors, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) devices to monitor a geographic area within the city’s innovation district.

 

NTT Group (NTT, NTT Data, Dimension Data, NTT Communications, NTT Comware and NTT Security) will provide the smart city offering to Las Vegas commercially, and it will start trial-use of the solution during spring 2019 for the consideration of the full-scale service beginning in summer 2019.

 

The city, state and NTT will also explore opportunities to partner on a new briefing centre in downtown Las Vegas focused on technology with an emphasis on connected communities, as well as additional areas and cities to implement the smart city offering.

 

“Today’s announcement is a continuation of the strong partnership between Nevada, Las Vegas and NTT,” said Brian Sandoval, governor of Nevada.

 

“In August, during [a] trade mission to Japan, we were able to meet and discuss opportunities like this to ensure Las Vegas is not only a smart city, but the smartest city. I am excited about this opportunity in Las Vegas, and I look forward to watching Nevada become the foremost leader for smart regions in the country.”

"The future is now, and government must be ready to embrace technologies that can help to address community issues and make cities more livable”

 

NTT describes its solution as a secure, distributed platform that deploys micro data centres to sensors in the designated area to improve situational awareness through video and sound data, while also integrating historical data sources, such as crime, weather and social media data.

 

According to NTT by leveraging cognitive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, the system learns normal patterns and can detect and alert the authorities of patterns that appear abnormal to reduce response times for first responders.

 

The solution is built on NTT’s Cognitive Foundation architecture, which enables remote creation, management and operation of information and communications technology (ICT) resources, from devices and networks to the cloud.

 

It also incorporates Dell EMC’s hyperconverged infrastructure and IoT gateways, as well as VMware’s virtualisation software hosting predictive analytics applications.

 

“The future is now, and government must be ready to embrace technologies that can help to address community issues and make cities more livable,” added Carolyn Goodman, mayor of Las Vegas.

 

“Las Vegas is honoured to be among the top digital cities in the country. We will continue to push the envelope with partnerships with companies like NTT, setting the stage for continued relationships and breakthroughs.”

 

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